Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. What really happened in 1969? In 1999, when Tom O'Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crime...

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Title:Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
Author:Tom O'Neill
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:B07K6J273Q
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties Reviews

  • Natalie
    Jul 13, 2019
    Holy cow, that was a RIDE. Like any good conspiracy/hidden history book, ultimately there?s no answer and Tom O?Neill doesn?t claim to have one. But he spent twenty years uncovering a ridiculous number of threads, suppressed evidence, lies officially stamped by law enforcement, a...
  • Renata
    Aug 26, 2019
    Reading this book made me feel like a legit conspiracy theorist It is by nature kind of a frustrating book to read because so much of it is investigating dead leads or pieces of evidence that were ultimately destroyed? It gives you a real sense of how the 20 years of research in...
  • Jake
    Jul 23, 2019
    I view conspiracy theories the same way agnostics view God: if a conspiracy existed, it would have to be quite large and involve an incredible amount of competent people who are both good and lucky and have incentives to keep their mouths shut. Thus, that makes conspiracies unlikely?...
  • Fox
    Sep 01, 2019
    What. I spent the bulk of the book staring in horrified fascination at the story unfolding in front of me. Tom O'Neill was very much correct - it seems insane, the sort of connections only drawn by the most crazed of conspiracy theorists. For all that it seems, however, the evidenc...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Aug 25, 2019
    Pretty wild. ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jul 18, 2019
    ?Manson himself had a fondness for the same phrase: ?I am the man in the mirror,? he said. ?Anything you see in me is in you, I am you, and when you can admit that you will be free.? Who is Charles Manson? This book began as a 5000 word piece for Premiere Magazine w...
  • Joe
    Mar 14, 2019
    This book is nothing but bonkers conspiracy theories AND I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT! ...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 14, 2019
    I am shelving this book as unfinished and unrated for now. As I have eye surgery scheduled for this week and next I need to switch to something shorter and less demanding in time and details. It is almost 600 pages of small print. Well, I went back to the book and found it tedious...
  • Heidi
    Apr 13, 2019
    I'll read just about anything on Manson but this, sadly, was just as the title implied -- chaos. ...
  • Debi
    Jul 06, 2019
    I am still in awe and processing what I just finished reading but first, I must congratulate Mr. O'Neill on this book. I would definitely like to shake his hand for still standing after the 20 year journey he took in getting to the last page. I have a pretty good grasp of Manson and h...
  • Chuck
    Jun 29, 2019
    Stayed up all night reading this one. Without a doubt the most mind blowing book I've read in a while. I'm not sure what to believe now, but if this guy's even half sane the Charles Manson story is a much different story than we've all been led to believe. My mind is BLOWN. ...
  • Fishface
    Aug 16, 2019
    What can I make of this? This book goes off in so many directions and doesn't really end up anywhere, really. The author raises a lot of excellent questions, answers a handful of them, but never in a totally satisfying way because of all the long detours into other areas, some of wh...
  • Sasha
    Apr 09, 2019
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. T...
  • Koren
    Aug 04, 2019
    The author began his research on the 30th anniversary of the Manson murders and published this book on the 50th anniversary. What started out as a magazine article became 20 years of research and a book. The author refutes facts and details in the investigation and in the book Helter S...
  • Lynn Hill
    Jun 16, 2019
    What an interesting and thought provoking book. It really does make one wonder just what lies we get told. Thank you Tom for this great book! ...
  • Lynn Hill
    Jun 16, 2019
    What an interesting and thought provoking book. It really does make one wonder just what lies we get told. Thank you Tom for this great book! ...
  • Gram
    Aug 04, 2019
    The title of this book is misleading. Although Charles Manson and the reasons for the horrific murders his followers carried out on his orders is described in detail, large parts of the story are merely a regurgitation of facts already known about the 1960's, such as the CIA's "Operati...
  • Jeff Suwak
    Jul 07, 2019
    I've been fairly obsessed with the Manson case for years, particularly its implications regarding the covert operations being carried out at that time. I thought I knew about as much as anyone out there...and then I read this book. This work is about so, so much more than the Manson Fa...
  • Missy (myweereads)
    Jul 29, 2019
    ?I am the man in the mirror, anything you see in me is in you, I am you, and when you can admit that you will be free..? - Charles Manson Chaos by Tom O?Neil is one inane ride into a mans two decade long obsession with what went down during the summer of love. What was suppose...
  • Lynn Keith
    Jul 03, 2019
    Fascinating This was an amazing, fascinating read. I picked it up on a whim and really didn't expect to be pulled into it the way I was. After all, everyone over a certain age knows all about Charlie Manson and the murders. I read "Helter Skelter" in high school. I took it as gospel...
  • Tammy
    Mar 24, 2019
    This was a wild ride. The author was assigned to write an article for Premier magazine about the effects the Manson murders had on the community for the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the savagery. He spent the next two decades consumed by his investigations. This book is the result...
  • Janice Lombardo
    May 15, 2019
    Intense and thorough research into to 60's and 70's. Since I was in college in the 60's - I found this read extremely interesting! Fascinating - yet this book opens up even more avenues to question. I read Helter Skelter decades ago, as did my mom and my friends. However, that book...
  • TERRY
    Apr 29, 2019
    Tom O'Neill has done some serious research for his book and raises some good questions. But the book is very convoluted, full of theories and conjecture. Many of O'Neill's leads and theories were all over the place. I kept waiting for the aha moment to come as to what really happened i...
  • Natalie Carbery
    Jun 23, 2019
    Take a deep breath. Consider everything you think you know about the Manson Family. Breathe out. This book is one man's journey (one that absolutely consumed his life) to find the truth in the hazy pockets of the Manson trial. O'Neill takes his readers down plenty of rabbit holes b...
  • Natalie Carbery
    Jun 25, 2019
    Take a deep breath. Consider everything you think you know about the Manson Family. Breathe out. This book is one man's journey (one that absolutely consumed his life) to find the truth in the hazy pockets of the Manson trial. O'Neill takes his readers down plenty of rabbit holes b...
  • Christina Ellsberg
    Apr 17, 2019
    Absolutely one of the most fascinating books I?ve ever read. I was up until 4 am several nights because I couldn?t put it down. Thorough, intricate, and utterly riveting. I am impressed and horrified by the work that went into this account. ...
  • Lisa Mancini
    Aug 04, 2019
    If you want to know about Charles Manson and his 'family' then read HELTER SKELTER by Vince Bugliosi. This book reads like a pamphlet compared to Bugliosi' s comprehensive tome. ...
  • John Katsanakis
    Jul 02, 2019
    The first thing you should know about this book is that it?s less a conspiracy theory tome and more a narrative following the author?s 20 year investigation? and, as far as I?m concerned, it?s all the better for this. Author O?Neill freely admits when he hit a dead end ...
  • Matthew Pugliese
    Jun 19, 2019
    I really enjoyed digging into this. It's a fascinating look into one of the wildest times in American history. ...
  • Space
    Jun 26, 2019
    A tedious read, full of speculation and discoveries that reveal not much of anything. For a book about Manson there is surprisingly little about Manson or the Manson Family. Tom O?Neil writes that he interviewed 1000 people for the book, which is a shocking number considering no one ...